Five Tips To Help You Rock Your Magic Show

I’m back from a short hiatus

Hey there everyone, I’m back. It’s probably pretty clear that I’m not entirely sure which direction I want Read N’ Butter to take, but that’s okay. People seem to have been enjoying reading my post about Gaston (thank you everyone over at Pintrest). A very select few of you solved the massive puzzle I posted on here (I think we are at only 11 completed out of over 1000 who have worked on it, mostly Redditors). I say all this simply because I enjoy random things and this is a reminder that Read N’ Butter is all about random things. Today I will be offering you some tips to dominate your magic show, these are my “magic show tips.”

Today’s random topic is: Magic

I was given the honour of performing a magic show for the Children’s Aid Society last night. The kids were all amazing (kids also are the loudest hecklers you’ll ever get, but it makes it fun).

Hurry up Shane and get to the reason we clicked on this page in the first place….

Without further adieu, here is my brief list of tips that will help you rock out you magic show (or any other live performance for that matter).

1. Have a game plan

Be prepared, know what you are going to include in your set and have a path you want the night to follow. This one is super obvious, but I need to include it because of reason number two.

2. Be willing to toss your game plan out the window

A lot of being a live performer, especially a magician, is your ability to adapt and improvise. The show is never about how amazing you are, but rather the feeling people get when watching your show and interacting with you.

***a quick example from my show last night***

I had previously given myself a story line, a rough script, and a set of routines that I would be doing for this show. The kids were loving it, but at about the 35-40 minute mark I performed a “mind-reading trick” and everything changed. They loved it and every person in the place wanted their mind read. This is where I broke the magicians code and repeated a trick (multiple times, but with a different reveal each time). The show quickly turned from a stage show into a simpler, less formal event. They just enjoyed having things done that couldn’t be explained. I ditched the story and we just sat around doing close up magic, and ended up going way over our time limit.

This brings us to point number 3.

3. Make a connection

People enjoy performing arts because of the connection. Human connection is something we crave. Be willing to connect with your audience. Actually I retract that statement don’t “be willing” but chase it. Your entire goal is going to be connecting with your audience, but how do you do that consistently?

4. Have fun

If you want to connect with your audience simply have fun. People can sense when you are stressed, but they can also sense when you are confident and having fun. Relax and enjoy your time performing. Between both magic and stage plays I always make it my number one goal to make people laugh. When I reach out and force them to laugh there is an instant connection. There will always be a group of people who want to talk to you after your show. When you stand before a group of people and illicit an emotional response, especially one of humour people will connect with you in a massively positive way. You immediately take the place of a “long-time friend” in their mind.

5. Talk to them after the show

If people want to spend time with you after your show then take the time to do it. I’m not saying to forcefully start an awkward conversation by any means, but never turn away a 5, 10, 20 minute conversation with someone who appreciated what you did. One very obvious reason is you’ll hear things like “that performer took an extra 20 minutes of his time to spend with us, we are going to recommend him to everyone.” A slightly more subtle reason for this is actually to benefit you. When you take the time to engage your audience outside of the “stage” after a performance you will get some much desired affirmation, but more importantly it should remind you of why you are doing the whole “entertainer” thing. Talking with people and getting to know what they enjoyed and how everything made them feel should remind you of why you bear the very privileged badge of “entertainer.”

That’s all for now

Hope everyone has an amazing day! Remember it’s an honour and privilege to be an entertainer, if you only take one thing away from this post let it be that. We have the power to influence people and play with their emotions, make sure what you are doing is for their betterment.

Time Is Running Out

Time is running out for mankind. We must look to the raven for help.

...as of some one gently rapping.
Suddenly there came a tapping…

What to Look For

I apologize for the hurried nature of this post. There are issues I must attend to in the days coming. This post is simply a foreshadowing, a warning sign; I have much information to share. Your first clue to follow comes on the wings of the raven. Let these words echo in your mind and do not forget them.

A mama bear leads the way
The bears know…

 

“The raven will lead you to the bears.”

The Raven

These words aren’t of importance today, but it will become clear in the days to come. Stay safe and always remember, we have your back.

The Time Has Come

The time has come to reveal the truth about the Illuminati and other secret organizations.

Sometimes only a joker knows the truth

Truth Revealed

I owe all of you an apology. I’m afraid this “personal blog” has been a front for something bigger. I received the message today that it is time to share with the world what transpires behind closed doors. Many of you are skeptically aware of “secret organizations” but also brush them off as fantasy. Logically these organizations make sense, they are nothing more than communities of like minded individuals with a specific goal. People assume they don’t exist as it makes it easier to carry out daily life in a carefree manner. I am part of one of these organizations, and we feel now is the time to come out of the shadows and shed light on current situations.

The Illusionists

The Illusionists have been around for centuries and, much like our name implies, have been hidden in plain sight. There is little rhyme or rhythm to the identities we take on, but those identities are an integral part of accomplishing our goal. We have been jesters, outlaws, politicians, but those are just the costumes we wear to further our mission.

Our Mission

We live by a simple code. “Deception to end all deception.” We employ our abilities to shed light on those who steal from the poor. Though it pains us to do so, at times we must remove tyrants from power in less than civil ways. Whenever a person goes rogue, rises to power, or puts others at risk, we must act. The long version made short is simply, “we have your back.”

One well placed ace can change everything

The Trick

You have been fooled. The world is not as stable as it seems, and an imminent end is within sight. Many people have heard of the Illuminati or the Stone Masons, but the number of powerful organizations has grown immensely. None of these organizations want you to know what is really happening; chaotic people are impossible to control.

The Prestige

The Illusionists took a step no one expected us to. The organization from the shadows stepped into the light. If we are to save this world, now is the time. Don’t panic, but look to the sky and once more know “we have your back.”

The Reveal

Now is not the time to reveal everything happening. You will know more as the days progress. To be blunt we hope you never learn of what “could have” come to be. If the world continues on its merry way, spinning through space and time, then know we have succeeded.

It’s About To Get Magical

Mall Magic

I have commented before about how life can be a daily adventure and today I went on one of those adventures. I went out to a few locations with my friends Matt and Josh and we recorded some magic tricks I performed for strangers. Magic has this phenomenal way of bringing strangers together. I truly believe that a magic trick delivered with confidence is the greatest ice breaker.

Wait you got kicked out of the mall?

We weren’t doing anything wrong or creating a commotion or anything of that sort. The people we showed magic tricks to were actually having a lot of fun. A security guard approached us and said that we couldn’t film in the mall without a permit. Everyone watching was really bummed out by his interference. It wasn’t the security guard’s fault, he just didn’t want to get in trouble for not enforcing the rules he was supposed to. He ended up coming back towards the end of my mini-set and watched the final trick (he was all smiles and really enjoying it). He enthusiastically told us that we could talk to some of the mall managers when they come in this week and they will give us a permit to record there. We left the mall and ended up finding a few other places to film.

Where else did you try to film?

Starbucks had no issue with us recording and actually encouraged the entertainment (this is why we love you Starbucks). We also attempted to do some magic at the local movie theater. Initially one manager told us that it was completely fine. Within minutes a second manager approaches us and put an end to the magic.

Do you have any footage I can see now?

Of course my beautiful reader. I’ll toss a nice little sample here for you to watch. Also be on the lookout here on my blog for the final video once I get it edited.

Do you have any recommendations for beginners?

If I could tell you one thing that has helped me become a better performer it would be “just go for it.” You will fail occasionally at the start, but that is fine. Nobody ever got good at something by not doing it. Approaching strangers still makes my nervous at times, but it gets easier and is worth it. Overcome that fear and pursue your dreams. Go get yourself some nice cards, read some books, and get started.